File:Minute Man Statue Lexington Massachusetts cropped.jpg|thumb|right|The ''Lexington Minuteman'' monument (1900), representing militia Captain John Parker (Captain)|John Parker
'''Minutemen''' were civilian colonists who independently organized to form well-prepared militia
companies self-trained in weaponry, tactics, and military strategies from the American Militia (United States)#Revolutionary War (1775–1783)|colonial partisan militia
during the American Revolutionary War
. They were also known for being ready at a minute's notice, hence the name. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats.
The minutemen were among the first to fight in the American Revolution. Their teams constituted about a quarter of the entire militia. They were generally younger and more mobile, and served as part of a network for early response. Minuteman and Sons of Liberty